Blackhawks’ Hossa on brink of 1000-point milestone –

CHICAGO — He’ll turn 36 in January, but Marian Hossa still puts fear into opponents whenever he enters a game for the Chicago Blackhawks.

“He scares you every time he gets on the ice,” said Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau this week before his team managed to keep Hossa and the Blackhawks at bay in a 1-0 Ducks victory at United Center. “He’s got a tremendous release of his shot. He’s really fast, deceptively fast and strong, and he really plays the [right wing] position well.”

Hossa is creeping up on 1,000 points in his 17th NHL season (465 goals and 533 assists in 1,099 games) but Boudreau wasn’t just paying him lip service. He still views Hossa as a dominant two-way presence and he’s not alone.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa’s next chance at career point No. 1,000 comes Thursday against the Ottawa Senators, the team that selected him No. 12 in the 1997 NHL Draft. (Photo: John Russell/NHLI)

There might be a lot more involved in Hossa’s pregame stretching and warm-up routines, but once games start, he’s still a force.

“He’s a great player,” Boudreau said. “There’s a reason you win two Stanley Cups in the last four years, and he’s been in four Stanley Cup Finals now. He’s just a great player. When he gets 1,000 points, it’s well deserved, and I think the number could be an awful lot higher, but he’s been hurt quite a bit in his career.”

Indeed, injuries have hampered Hossa’s ability to accrue points during his time spent with five teams. He’s had back and shoulder issues. He’s had a knee injury. Some required long stretches of missed games. Others were more routine.

None changed his ability to affect games almost singlehandedly.

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